Saino-ko Lake in Nikko

A lake of silence, surrounded by primeval forest

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

The lake suddenly appears in a deep forest of oaks, elms and silver birches. It is only 1.5 km around the small lake, but the beauty of it is beyond expression. People just sit on the lakeshore and look it in silence. When we got there, the surface of the lake was completely calm like a big mirror reflecting the fresh green forest on its surface. But surprisingly, during the dry season the water level drops considerably and it becomes completely dry.

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。